A Chef Finds Several Still-Living Bugs In A Sealed Box Of Cereal
Have you ever opened a brand new, sealed box or can of food and discovered more than just the advertised food is contained inside, mixed in with what you were hoping to be able to eat? It is unfortunately a more common occurrence than you might think for people to find insects buried in their box of food. One Miami chef, Jamie DeRosa, discovered a huge surprise when he opened what he thought was simply a box of Raisin Bran cereal. It wasn’t even the same cereal, and was full of creepy crawlies straight out of one of your worst nightmares.
DeRosa had initially believed he’d purchase a healthy box of Raisin Bran cereal, but was pleasantly surprised when he found a plethora of corn flakes, rainbow colored fruit loops and tasty marshmallows. There was no golden flakes and raisin to be seen. Thinking he’d won the cereal jackpot, DeRosa says, “I’m thinking we scored the golden ticket. I thought of those cereal variety packs you bought as a kid and thought it was some surprise mystery box.”
It wasn’t until after he’d poured a heaping bowl full of the sugary cereal for his daughter, and his wife arrived home to take a closer look at the cereal that seemed a little too good to be true. She noticed that the cereal smelled stale and decided to investigate. Upon closer inspection DeRosa noticed what looked like spider webs clinging to the sides of the bag. Thankfully, he noticed the extra protein included just before his daughter was about to take a bite of the bowl of cereal he had poured her.
DeRosa poured a larger bowl of the cereal and then began to notice movement amidst the marshmallows and fruit loops. He was looking at insect larvae wriggling amongst the cereal flakes. As soon as he saw this, DeRosa rushed his daughter to the hospital, as she has a number of food allergies. She ended up being fine, but DeRosa was concerned about other people purchasing boxes of cereal like his, so decided to post his findings on Facebook. He described it as “Fruit Loops, random stale marshmallows, Frosted Corn Flakes, and a web from a Spider.It literally looks like someone scooped cereal off the floor. That’s my impression of what went wrong in the cereal factory.” What’s more, both the box and the inside bag were completely sealed when he purchased the cereal. DeRosa believes that the insects made it into the cereal by way of cross contamination while it was being packaged.
Have you ever found insects or some other contaminant in a food product that you purchased?